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About me

Hi, I'm Libby. And this is my lifestyle …


I am happily retired from a life of teaching (which I loved), now doing whatever I want, whenever I want.


I've always moved my furniture around, makes it feel like a new house, I think. It works for me ...

I love to sew, travel, read, cook and, now, it seems, to blog.

My love of sewing comes from my mother who, out of necessity, always made our clothes. I remember, as a teenager, mum sitting at the sewing machine on a Saturday afternoon making the outfit I would wear that night.

A beautiful fabric sends a tiny thrill through my spine. And sewing is like meditation for me. Sewing things for friends and family gives me a lot of joy.

My love of travel began in 1979 with 9 months in Europe in a VW van. I thought it would be the one big trip and I would have purged travel out of my system. How wrong I was. My all time favourite places are Portugal, Turkey, Morocco and Bali.

I love to read and read and read. As the Head of English at my school, I read endless teenage fiction. Now, I can choose what I read. I enjoy a range of styles, but am less inclined to fantasy and sci-fi. 

I like to cook, especially for occasions like Christmas lunch and dinner with friends. Unfortunately, MLP's career means we're away from home and friends so cooking at the moment is more mundane and often just for me when MLP is away with work.

I'm trying to learn how to use my DSLR camera properly. It's a s-l-o-w process. I've had my camera for a long time and, until recently, Auto was my go-to choice. I now know a little more and am having fun learning how to control aperture and shutter speed to create a photo that's like those I've been admiring.

Blogging began as a way for me to keep in touch with friends and family while we are away from home. I am amazed that people from around the world take the time to read my blog and am surprised when people say they learned something from my blog. It's very humbling.

I live with my lovely partner, MLP, and my orange moggie, Ralph, aka Ralphie. He's my very spoilt baby. 

Currently we live in Sydney, but we go where ever MLP's career takes us. Home is the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and in a few months' time we will return there.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope I've made you smile or laugh or that you've been able to pick up an idea or two.